Many industry observers will tell you that InFocus created the market for projectors by developing and selling the first digital projector. Yet, isn’t it a little ironic that "the inventor of the modern day projector" has had to spend the last 10 years diversifying (as the projector market matured into a huge competition distinguished by dwindling margins.)
Of course, InFocus still sells projectors, lots of projectors. But new InFocus products and services now focus on bringing people and teams closer: from MVP100 video phones to Mondopad (the first-ever large-format, touchscreen), to all-in-one video conferencing and collaboration solutions.
Continuing that trend, the company recently announced LightCast Technology, which allows users to display content from laptops, smartphones and tablets on a variety of InFocus devices, including Mondopads, JTouch Whiteboards, and the new DigiEasel smart displays.
And now the transformation of InFocus may be complete: new CEO Mark Housley (a long-time board member promoted at the end of September 2015 to CEO) announces the acquisition of Jupiter Systems, adding video wall, control room, and smartphone solutions for end-to-end collaboration.
InFocus Corporation has acquired video wall and enterprise collaboration innovator Jupiter Systems.The acquisition expands InFocus’ offering to include display wall processor technology and "bringing a 360-degree view of operations to any control room, conference room, and mobile device."
This acquisition says the company, enables InFocus to provide end-to-end collaboration solutions and become the single provider for customers’ collaboration technology needs.
“We know our customers need collaboration technology on their smartphones and tablets, at their desks, in their conference rooms and in their control rooms. With one provider offering simple, enterprise-ready solutions that work together seamlessly, we can serve the full set of our customers’ requirements with powerful, integrated solutions. The convergence is inevitable and we intend to lead it,” says Housley. “Now InFocus can be that one-stop-shop for complete end-to-end solutions.”
Effective immediately, Jupiter Systems, which operates and manufactures in Hayward, CA, becomes an InFocus’ branded product line for control room and enterprise collaboration solutions. All Jupiter employees are now InFocus team members and both the Jupiter product line office in Hayward, and InFocus corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon will operate business as usual.
No word yet of the significance for European distributors: but one can assume the current distributors of each company will stay in place while the company explores any possibility of synergy.